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Posted 21 August 2018 - 06:55 PM

https://www.wired.co...verifcation-law

 

Age verification of all pornographic content was supposed to be mandatory from April 2018. But the plans have now been pushed back to later this year

 

...Critics have hit back saying the changes will be dangerous to internet freedoms in the UK. In 2017, Jerry Barnett, the founder of campaign group Sex & Censorship told WIRED that the legislation would “fundamentally change the internet in the UK and possibly globally”.

 

...After a large amount of indecision, at the start of February 2018 it was confirmed the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) would become the regulator for age verification. The body is currently responsible for setting the age restrictions (PG, 12A, 18, etcetera) on films broadcast in the UK. It can make recommendations to cut content, or deny a certificate and reject the media’s right to circulate in the UK. 

Censoring the internet is, naturally, somewhat more complex. If a site is run on funds supplied via massive payment providers, such as Visa, those ancillary services could be notified their client is breaking the law, and ordered to terminate payments. Internet service providers could also be made to block sites that fail to comply.

The BBFC does have the power to fine porn sites that are in breach of the law (a sum no greater than £250,000 or five per cent of their “qualifying turnover”). In December 2017, David Austin the CEO of the BBFC said the new "regime" is designed to protect children and vulnerable groups of people from "harmful content". 

The government says the regulator will notify "non-compliant pornographic providers" and direct ISPS to prevent customers from accessing the websites.

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